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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Feb 4, 2011 10:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ...and a note for replies...

"Carol Latvala noted how eager he was to play the Dead for visitors. When anyone came around, “he thought, ‘Oh good, you’re here. Now I can play you twelve hours of the greatest thing on earth!’ But rarely did anyone have patience for more than 15 or 20 minutes’ worth. Then they’d want to start talking – imagine that! He could not understand that… Not very many people showed up on his doorstep just wanting to listen, and he never could understand that.”

Well I did. Thanks for a great way to start the day. And thanks for a great memory. I quit my job in 1977 and was riding my bike around Hawaii when I met Dick on the Big Island. I remember him the way everyone seems to - a really nice person. He and his wife put me up for a couple of days, showed me around, and were quite swell. Smoked me under the table too. Based on the above quote, I was a pretty good guest. :) After that I became one his correspondents. Tapes and what was called Puna Butter. Quite amazing what was flying through that little USPO in Pahoa, HI in Maxell tape boxes. Thanks again.

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Feb 4, 2011 9:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Dick Latvala (part 2)

I recall in the early fall of 1993 six cassette tapes were handed out to one of the guitar players who then passed them over for a listen to "see what you think" oh and by the way, "don't make copies!".

Well we abided by the first request and humbly dishonored the second one. The 10/11/77 Norman show was axed due to the cut's. It was interesting to note that when the official DP Vol 1 12/19/73 Tampa show came out, our cassettes included considerably more music from the show.

Latvala told the story in 1993:

“The way this Dick's Picks thing started was in the beginning of this year. Kidd asked me to come up with the best three shows on two-track, in case he can float this idea by the band at a board meeting, which was to have Dick pick three shows off two-track and we'll call them "Dick's Picks" and start releasing two-track-material albums. And so that's how this started. So it was under what I felt like was extreme pressure that I chose three shows, and I did a lot of work listening and making sure they were okay before I made the tapes to give to Kidd to give to the band to listen to."

This post was modified by dark.starz on 2011-02-05 05:21:22